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Wine festival turns it on

Festival-goers dance it up in the sun during an afternoon set from Tahuna Breaks.

Perfect weather, wine and food delighted thousands at the 32nd annual Marlborough Wine and Food Festival.

The angriest cat in the world

The protective cone turned Albert into the real-life grumpy cat.

A humiliating shave and a "cone of shame" turned this persian into the real-life grumpy cat.

The new 'lipstick on the collar'

Technology is now regularly providing men and women with the concrete evidence they need to confront their cheating partner.

The digital cloud is proving a particular trap for cheaters, with their illicit affairs popping up on the family iPad.

Love, peace and yoga

The Wanderlust festival was a spiritual and physically uplifting experience for many of the 3000 attendees in Taupo.

Taking time out from a busy, urban life can be transformative.

Old-fashioned Valentines Day

She gives him a card. He gives her balloons. Men outspend women on Valentine's Day.

Valentines Day is a throwback to a more traditional time, figures suggest.

Butterfly befriends cancer survivor

Tracy Pepper and her pet butterfly Fluffy.

A flightless butterfly named Fluffy has helped a Mount Maunganui woman learn to fly again.

The ultimate V-Day gift?

'Rob' is selling his Aero L-29 jet comes for $179,000 price-tag on Trade Me.

It's not too late to find that perfect gift for the budding pilot.

Rihanna's designs hit the runway

Rihanna comes out to take a bow at the end of the show.

Black and white designs with "Gothic undertones" feature in the singer's debut collection with Puma at NYFW.

Miranda Kerr gets the chop

Miranda Kerr has a brand new 'do.

The Aussie model has begun a new chapter in her life by getting a new 'do.

Anxiety is natural but kidnapping is rare

From the age of five years old, I would walk home from school, often by myself.

More music, more sex?

The study found that couples who listened to music out-loud together reported having 67 per cent more sex.

Crank up the tunes if you want to have more sex, a new study says.

How to figure out your skin type

Not sure if your skin is oily or dry? This easy test will help.

When it comes to skin types, there aren't that many categories. Yet, nailing down a classification is problematic.

No sex, please, we can't be bothered

Older couples are less likely to remain intimate, with other aspects of life becoming more important.

For one in four couples over 50, passion is a thing of the past.

Alcohol at school functions?

Is providing alcohol for parents at school functions a good idea?

Should adults be given the choice to drink alcohol at school functions?

How to spend Valentine's Day single

February 14 will be over soon, promise.

Whether you're an old-hand or a first-timer, being single on V-Day can be a pretty rough experience.

Dotcom reunited with girlfriend?

Kim Dotcom and Elizabeth Donnelly announced their relationship on February 1.

Internet tycoon sets tongues wagging after sharing pictures of his former flame at his north Auckland residence.

Blame your Neanderthal DNA

Neanderthal DNA is still affecting humans today, recent evidence shows.

DNA from our Neanderthal ancestors is much more influential on modern humans than previously thought.

CAFCA questions Campbell sale

Campaign group CAFCA has questioned the sale of Campbell Park Estate in the Waitaki Valley.

A group opposed to "foreign control" of New Zealand's economy has questioned the sale of Campbell Park Estate.

Couple needs help to say I Do video

On the GoFundMe campaign page, Hakim writes: "My name is Hakim and I am in love. I want to marry the woman of my dreams, Falastin, but in order to do so I need your help."

Young, in love, and broke: The sky-high unemployment rate is leading one Gaza couple to crowdfund their wedding.

Doggy speed dating a success

Fairfax reporter Brooke Bath cuddles up to a pawfect pup

Shelter pups to get a new leash on life after successful Auckland Council adoption drive.

NZ winery prepares for BAFTA celebs

Villa Maria has been New Zealand's most award-winning winery for over 30 years.

You could be seeing Leo DiCaprio or Kate Winslet in South Auckland soon.

Getting a better night’s sleep

Trying to fall asleep can be a tricky, especially when we try too hard.

How can we improve our chances of getting a good night's rest?

The lies that parents tell

All mums and dads tell the occasional lie about parenthood.

It's no lie when I say that as parents we often tend to manipulate truths a little.

Quiz: Valentine's Day

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Two lollipops. Red hearts. Candy. Love concept. Valentine day.

lollipop; food; junk; pop; stick; lolly; fun; delicious; dessert; sweet; unhealthy; red; yummy; fashioned; flavor; bright; lolly pop; xmas; sucker; christmas; confection; candy; treat; tasty; taste; retro; color; colorful; childhood; lollypop; confectionery; sugar; background; sugary; diet; flavor; holiday; heart; valentine; enjoyment; child; day; love; couple; wallpaper

Are you a true romantic? Take our Valentine's Day quiz about famous lovers of our time. 

Tricks to help you lose weight

Achieving a healthier lifestyle can be easier than you think when you use mind tricks.

Losing weight. It’s the obsession of our lifetime. Here are some tricks to help keep it off.

How to dress your decolletage

Actress Susan Sarandon at the SAG Awards in her "controversial" outfit.

I didn't think I'd ever pen a column about how to show off one's cleavage, but Susan Sarandon changed all that.

When a kiwi comes calling

A kiwi paid a late-night visit to Northland woman Laura Jerome's Doves Bay home, where it hunted around on her deck for about an hour.

Laura Jerome suspected a burglar - but her late-night visitor turned out to be a kiwi.

Cowboy pops the question video

Steve McDonald popped the question to his girlfriend Kim Kenning in Masterton today.

Steve McDonald rode his trusty steed through town to give his sweetheart a ring.

Celebrity retreat closes doors

Mollies manager Steven Colthart will say farewell to his luxury boutique hotel in April after the property was sold.

Home to the rich and famous, Mollies, is closing for business.

Thank you for reading

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